You know when you hear a story in the news that makes you so irate you really don't know whether to scream, cry, or do a combination of both? Well, that's how I felt after hearing about a 7-year-old boy who wet his pants because his teacher made kids pay to use the bathroom -- and he didn't have enough "money." Yes, this really happened.
(OMG. I seriously need to take a deep breath before going any further.)
When Sonja Cross' second-grade son came home from school in tears, she learned that he'd asked his teacher to use the restroom, and she'd refused, because he did not have any "Boyd Bucks" to pay for the trip.
Sonja then explained, "He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t." (I'm tearing up.)
The poor little boy wound up peeing his pants, and now he's being continuously teased by his classmates in addition to his initial embarrassment.
Apparently the children are permitted to take three scheduled bathroom breaks a day, and if they need to go again, they must fork over two "Boyd Bucks," which are basically credits she gives to the kids as a reward for good behavior.
Take a look at this video clip to hear more about what happened, and to see the lengths Sonja has gone to in order to make sure this doesn't happen to her son or any other student again.
Ok, as soon as I calm down and stop wanting to strangle that teacher, I'd like to reach out and give that poor mom a huge hug -- because I know how she feels.
Last year when my son was in Kindergarten, we had a similar incident at school that had me so irate, I literally thought I was going to rip someone's head off.
He was in one of his weekly elective classes, and he asked his teacher repeatedly if he could use the bathroom, and was told "no" many times over again. He decided to ask one last time out of sheer desperation, and when the teacher noticed he was holding himself "down there," he finally agreed to let him go, but not without basically calling him a liar straight to his face.
Even typing this brings out my inner rage. The teacher looked at my 6-year-old son and said, "You're the boy who cried wolf. Next time I'm not letting you go."
And I'm sure you can only imagine my reaction (not to mention my husband's) after he came home and told us what had happened.
Long story short, the teacher called both of us, and we both lit him up like a Christmas tree, and then we had a meeting with the principal, who assured us our son would be permitted to use the restroom anytime he needs to from that point forward -- and that the teacher mishandled the situation. (Yeah, ya think?)
Not gonna lie, to this day, I still want to slug that stupid teacher every time I see him. (AssH%&@.)
He should be ashamed of himself, as should the teacher in Texas who made her students pay to relieve themselves.
Come to think of it, forbidding kids to go to the bathroom unless they pay up sounds like a form of torture to me. She should really be fired, or at least be given the same punishment to teach her a much-needed lesson.
Have you ever had something like this happen to your child? What did you do about it?
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